Research Assistant

Founded in 1967, the Montreal Clinical Research Institute (IRCM) is a non-profit organization that conducts fundamental and clinical biomedical research in addition to training high-level scientific succession in an innovative technological environment. Bringing together approximately 425 people, the Institute brings together more than 35 laboratories working in the field of cancer, infectious diseases, immunology, neuroscience, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, systems biology, and chemistry. medicinal. The IRCM also runs research clinics specializing in immunology, hypertension, nutrition, and diabetes, as well as a research center on rare and genetic diseases in adults.

The RNA biology research unit, led by Dr Eric Lécuyer, is looking to recruit a highly motivated research assistant to develop expertise in RNA biology and therapeutics. Founded in 2000, the RNA Biology research unit studies the biological functions of subcellular RNA localization and how these processes are altered in disease settings. The laboratory is affiliated with two of Canada's leading research universities: Université de Montréal (Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine) and McGill University (Division of Experimental Medicine), offering a diverse and multidisciplinary training environment.

Our laboratory combines diversified methods in cellular and molecular biology, genomics, and bioinformatics, to i) study the mechanisms of intracellular transport of RNAs, ii) understand dysfunctions in diseases contexts, and iii) capitalize the knowledge to develop new therapeutic approaches. Our multidisciplinary team participates in various collaborative efforts with partners from academia and the private sector, supporting prospects to create start-up companies.

The ideal candidate should have excellent knowledge in microbiology and/or mycology and molecular biology. Involvement in the projects and the type of techniques used will depend on the objectives of the team which evolves in a very dynamic and competitive environment. This person will therefore have to communicate effectively with the laboratory staff, scientific collaborators, stakeholders, and partners. Main role is to ensure that the work is always carried out according to the achievement of the team's objectives.

Summary of job description

  • Contribute to the team's research projects by supporting different sub-objectives of ongoing projects.
  • Develop and apply various techniques of genomics and molecular and cellular biology, as well as the manipulation of mice.
  • Engage in the analysis of data and results including the preparation of figures and material for manuscripts and presentations.
  • Management of orders, drafting of ethical documents and all other related technical tasks contributing to the proper functioning of the laboratory.
  • Supervision of junior members of the lab.
  • Any other related tasks required by the Laboratory Director.

Education / Work Experience and Skills

  • Minimum 3 years of experience.
  • Have completed studies in biology, biochemistry, genetics, or a related field.
  • Have extensive experience with basic methods in molecular/cellular biology and biochemistry. 
  • Expertise in genomics, transcriptomics or in the development of screening assays with cellular models would be assets.
  • Experience in handling small animals, cell culture and techniques of microbiology and cellular and molecular biology, an asset.
  • Self-sufficiency, reliability, and availability.
  • Team spirit, curiosity, and scientific rigor.
  • Analytical and synthetical mind.
  • Excellent time management, prioritization, and respect of deadlines.
  • Excellent oral and written communication in French and English.

Conditions and benefits 

  • Salary based on the level of experience and in accordance with the IRCM pay scale. 
  • Group insurance plan.
  • Employee assistance program (EAP).
  • Work-life balance.
  • After one year of service, candidate will benefit from four (4) weeks of vacation per year. 
  • Candidate will be entitled to ten (10) days of sick/personal leave.
  • Telework will be available subject to the decision of the Principal Investigator.

Interested candidates are requested to forward a Letter of Interest (cover letter) and full CV (including the names and contact information of 2 referees) by email to

This is local recruitment. Citizenship or Permanent Residency or a work permit in Canada is required.  

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